The novel Cu-SMIN nanoparticles will be combined with more sustainable binder formulations and coating deposition strategies specifically selected to cover the different technical and mechanical requirements of highly demanded needs in the market. RELIANCE focuses also on the different application methods for nanocoatings, from high-throughput technologies to more selective technologies, offering cost-efficient solutions for the industry.
The use of biobased organic coatings is not widely spread in the textile market due to the moderate resistance to hydrolysis of many biobased chemistries (e.g. PLA, PHA, cellulose, etc.) and the incompatibility of high durability biobased coatings (e.g. bioPA, bioPE, bio-epoxy, etc.) with flexible applications like textiles.
The automotive industry belongs to the most demanding customers in the world, as to be successful in a global market, products must meet the most stringent local rules and regulations with respect to product properties and environmental concerns. As the concept of autonomous, shared and connected cars is approaching, other physical considerations have become relevant in this context. In RELIANCE, the developed additives are applied to chromed polymeric substrates using Cold Atmospheric Plasma (CAP). The experiments include either a surface activation or attaching a very thin coating (<100 nm) on the selected substrates.
Coatings that immediately and permanently suppress the growth of pathogens are desired features for household appliances. Due to food spoilage, pathogens can grow rapidly even at cold temperatures, such as in a refrigerator and may cause disease (e.g. Listeria monocytogenes). Refrigerators are among the home appliances that rise most concern. According to internal data from ARCELIK, more than 67% of the consumers are concerned about keeping their fridge glass shelves hygienically clean and free from harmful bacteria, and more than 80% of consumers are willing to pay more for such extra antimicrobial features.
Therefore, fully or partially bio-based coatings that don’t
affect the appearance of the applied surface are highly demanded. These coatings should also keep their stability over time at different temperature, humidity level and under mechanical stress.
Moreover, they should resist chemicals and physical wear employed during their cleaning, washing, etc. and should be applicable on wide range of substrates .
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